Great Tit

 

 

The largest species of Tit to be found in Britain, the Great Tit lives mostly near woodland, although it has adapted and spread. Because of how close these birds live to humans, they are one of the most intensely studies birds. The males distinctive double note song is a very familiar sound of Spring. The males help the females with feeding the brood, and once the chicks have hatched they will leave the nest 20 days later. 

The Great Tit has very distinct markings with a black cap, collar and bib; it has white cheeks and a green back that transitions into a blue-grey as it extends towards the tail and wings. The great tit has a bright yellow breast with a black stripe running down its centre. Female great tits tend to have a shorter and less broad central stripe when compared to the male.

Feeding Habits

The diet of a great tit primarily consists of insects throughout the summer, through winter and autumn however they eat large amounts of seed. If you want to see Great Tits all year round you will need to provide a seed mix containing sunflower hearts, peanuts or good quality suet, if you wish to support them in raising their fledglings then live mealworms at the appropriate time of year would help.  Great Tits will eat a large variety of wild bird food however we have made a few suggestions below